Call for contributions: FestiWell ‘22 – “Towards global sustainable well-being”
Europeans enjoy some of the longest life expectancies and Europe has one of the highest levels of human development in the world. Yet no EU member state currently guarantees the well-being of its citizens while also staying within planetary boundaries. All European countries are currently living well beyond the means of the planet, and yet some of the social objectives included in the Sustainable Development Goals are not being met.
Although access to a healthy environment is now considered by Eurostat as a component of well-being, the understanding of the interactions between well-being, social outcomes and the state of the environment still requires further attention: this is reflected in the often narrow focus of policy design, leaving many opportunities yet to be explored.
FestiWell ‘22 is therefore organised around sustainability and well-being as an interconnected core theme and asks, among other things, about climate justice and the social dimensions of an effective sustainability transition, about the connection between cities and rural areas or how education and training systems can contribute to sustainable development. These topics are framed by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
FestiWell aims to open the academic inner circle to transdisciplinary exchange as well the wider public. Therefore, all interested parties are invited to come together for a sustainable, well-being-oriented future. From 2-13 May 2022, each of the seven EUniWell partner universities will organise one FestiWell day as part of the programme.
- Monday, 2 May: Joint Opening Session
- Tuesday, 3 May: Linnaeus University
- Wednesday, 4 May: University of Birmingham
- Thursday, 5 May: Nantes Université
- Monday, 9 May: Joint events for Europe Day
- Tuesday, 10 May: University of Cologne
- Wednesday, 11 May: University of Florence
- Thursday, 12 May: Semmelweis University
- Friday, 13 May: Leiden University
Call for Contributions
If you are a researcher, student, educator, staff member or practitioner from a EUniWell institution, we would love for you to shape the programme with us to make it as diverse and insightful as possible.
You are invited to submit original contributions on research or best practice and experience, including but not limited to the following:
- Policy development
- Public health
- Social dimensions of the sustainability transition
- Climate justice and climate action
- Education and training systems for sustainable development
- Environment and urbanisation
- Recommendations for personal or societal well-being
This could cover formats and activities like the following:
- Presentations, talks, lectures
- Panel discussions
- Fireside chats
- Roundtable discussions
- Q&A discussions
- AMA or “Ask Me Anything” sessions
- Flipped learning sessions
- There are endless opportunities, feel free to submit something that’s out of the box!
Group contributions are just as welcome as individual contributions and can also include multiple EUniWell partners. If you would like to realise a collaborative project and are looking for partners at other EUniWell universities, we will be happy to help you get connected.
As 2022 is the European Year of Youth, which also advocates building a better future - greener, more inclusive and digital - students and young researchers in particular are invited to make their voices heard as part of this year's FestiWell programme.
An initial brief description of the contribution must be submitted by email by 3 March 2022. Further information on the desired content, scope, deadlines, etc. for the call for contributions can be downloaded in summary form.
To submit your contribution or if you have any further questions, please contact the following persons:
- At Leiden University: Mariëlle Veldhuijzen van Zanten, m.c.l.veldhuijzen.van.zanten[@]bb.leidenuniv.nl
- At Linnaeus University: Lena Kulmala, lena.kulmala[at]lnu.se
- At Nantes Université: Justine Le Garsmeur, justine.legarsmeur[@]univ-nantes.fr
- At Semmelweis University: Eszter Turopoli, turopoli.eszter[@]semmelweis-univ.hu
- At the University of Birmingham: Hannah Stretton, h.stretton[@]bham.ac.uk
- At the University of Cologne: Eva Laurie, elaurie[@]uni-koeln.de
- At the University of Florence: Irene Ghaleb, irene.ghaleb[@]unifi.it
We look forward to your submissions!
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